Yet Another Hazy, Hot & Humid Day In Store
Good Chance Of Storms Thursday Night Into Friday
Wednesday’s Forecast High: 97F / Tonight’s Low: 74F…
ALERT DAY today due to the heat. Yet another hazy, hot and humid day is in store for today with highs ranging from the upper 80s to mid 90s for most. However, some of the river valleys could be even warmer… including the La Crosse airport. My forecast high of 97F in La Crosse would tie the record high set back in 2013. High humidity will continue to cause afternoon and early evening heat indices in the mid 90s to as hot as 100-105F, especially in the river valleys. The one difference today is it will be breezy, with SW winds 10-20 mph and gusts around 25 mph possible.
Mild and muggy tonight with passing clouds. Most areas will remain dry, but there’s a small chance for a few isolated showers/storms across far northern sections of the viewing area. Expect lows tonight ranging from the upper 60s to low-mid 70s.
Partly sunny and still humid on Thursday. Not quite as hot as Tuesday and today, but still toasty with highs in the upper 80s to around 90F. A cold front will approach from the northwest and could spark a few showers and storms late in the day or Thursday evening. Storm chances will increase Thursday night and into Friday as the front moves in. This is when there could be some strong to perhaps severe storms with gusty winds and hail. Storms also have the potential to track over the same areas, leading to heavy rainfall and the threat for flash flooding. This is something we will need to keep a close eye on, so stay tuned for updates and remain extra weather aware during that time. Not as hot on Friday with highs in the low 80s, thanks to clouds and rain chances.
Looking Ahead… The weekend is looking fantastic at this point. It will be mostly sunny, much less humid and pleasant with highs in the upper 70s.
Expect another chance for rain Monday as a disturbance tracks east across the region. Small chances for rain from Tuesday night through Thursday, but lots of dry time during that stretch as well. High temps next week look to be mainly in the mid-upper 70s, so a nice change from the hot and humid conditions of this week.
Stay cool today and have a wonderful Wednesday! -Bill Graul